My friend, magazine educator and colleague, David E. Sumner has just released his latest book: The Magazine Century. The book traces the history of American magazines from 1900 until 2000. I had the opportunity to review the book before it was published. It has been a long long time since I had a magazine book in my hands that I was not able to put down until I finished every single word in every single page. What a wealth and depth of the history of American Magazines in the 20th Century. When I say a must-have, I mean must-have.
Here is what I wrote in reviewing and supporting the book and its mission:
Taking a page from the legendary magazine publisher Henry Luce, who termed the twentieth century ‘The American Century.’ David E. Sumner aptly adapts his magazine history book and names it The Magazine Century. The book scans the magazines of the twentieth century and provides the reader with a carefully crafted buffet of historical nuggets — enough to engage its audience with an amazing experience that leaves them satisfied and wanting for more at the same time. The love affair with magazines that this book offers is a historical asset to anyone thinking of starting, studying, or even dreaming about launching a new magazine. It is the cornerstone of our past, from which we can live our present and better prepare for our future. A must-read for anyone who ever doubts the power of magazines and their place in our history.
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